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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Jan 24, 2008 3:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: new dead vinyl

How good are your turntable and phono cartridge? The huge leap forward with CDs was that people can get good sound with relatively inexpensive equipment. For vinyl to sound better than CDs, you have to have good vinyl pressings, a high-quality turntable, and a phono cartridge costing at least hundreds of dollars. With a $2K phono cartridge, vinyl can sound f**king excellent. So I wouldn't dismiss vinyl as a category if you've only ever heard it on mid-fi equipment.

That said, I kind of doubt the new vinyl releases are all-analog. If the signal path has been digitized, then the only advantage over CDs would be bypassing the limitations of the D/A converter in one's CD player. With an HDCD decoder and a good D/A converter, one ought to be able to achieve more or less the same in the home that they did decoding the digital signal in their studio. But if you're listening to CDs on a mid-fi CD player, you're not getting the best out of the dead's stunning remasterings.

The future (as well as the present of course) is indeed digital, but certainly not 16-bit, 44kHz digital. I don't have a DVD audio or SACD player, but what I'd love to hear is the DVD audio release of American Beauty, which has 24-bit, 96kHz sound!

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Jan 24, 2008 5:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: new dead vinyl

a nice tube amp wouldn't hurt either

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Poster: ghostofghostofrbnw Date: Jan 24, 2008 5:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: new dead vinyl

and to mention that each time a vinyl record is played there is a slight deterioration of the sound quality and a cd is the same everytime!